North Carolina DMV Practice Tests

Reading the North Carolina driving manual will only get you so far. The next step is practice tests like the North Carolina driver's license renewal test. Learn how to get your North Carolina driver's license with our series of practice tests.

Your North Carolina DMV Practice Tests

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Your North Carolina DMV Handbooks

Before you take a practice test make sure you've reviewed the North Carolina drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content! Find them online below:

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North Carolina Driver's License Resources

Getting your North Carolina driver’s license isn’t easy. Even though you can take the test an unlimited number of times, it does cost money to take the test and you have to wait one day in between tries. Save time and money by using one or more of our resources, which are designed to help you get your North Carolina driver’s license and to have the best experience possible.

Teen Permit Test

Although teens are the ones typically taking the North Carolina permit practice test, and have the most restrictions, this practice test is for anyone who’s learning to drive for the first time. The permit is a crucial part of the licensing process, and no matter your age, is required before getting your North Carolina driver’s license if you've never had a license before.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

If your license has been expired for more than a year, then you will have to take the North Carolina driver’s license renewal test. This practice test will help you to get your North Carolina driver’s license renewed, as well as prepare you for the on-road exam.

New to State Driver’s License Test

Even if you have a valid driver’s license from another state, you will have to take the North Carolina new-to-state driver’s license test if you want to get a North Carolina driver’s license. New residents are required to get one within 60 days of establishing residency.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

You’re not going to pass any of these tests and get your Hawaii driver’s license without the North Carolina driving manual. The handbook is one of the few places that has everything you need to know for the test, and is updated regularly. Click the link to download the latest version.

Road Signs Practice Test

Every driver’s license test has at least one road sign question, so use the North Carolina road signs practice test to memorize what the road signs mean. This test can also be used when you get your North Carolina driver’s license if you are a new resident, since new residents do have to take a separate road sign test.

North Carolina Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, safe driving, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

17 Tips and Tricks for Driving in Severe Weather

Why Highway Driving Practice is Important

Is Your Vehicle Ready for the DMV Road Test?

North Carolina DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 years old and have held a driving permit for at least 6 months. If they’re under 18 years of age, they will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than             1 year.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

Yes, even if you hold a valid driver’s license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, you are still required to take written knowledge and road sign tests when obtaining your North Carolina driver’s license.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has expired and you want to renew it.

North Carolina DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 16 years old and have either a full provisional license or a regular driver’s license before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

Drivers under the age of 18 are required to complete a course offered by either the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) or the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program before they can receive a motorcycle endorsement.

What is the helmet law is this state?

All operators and passengers of a motorcycle are required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle, regardless of their age.

North Carolina Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters of a certain age in North Carolina are required to have a boat safety certificate and must complete a boating safety class approved by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Additionally, boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course such as those offered by either Boat-Ed.com or BoatUS.org.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters who are under 26 years of age and older must complete a NASBLA certified boating education course in order to operate a motorboat with more than 10 HP on North Carolina waterways.

How many questions are on the test?

North Carolina boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations, and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find information on how to locate an approved safety course on the State Police website, which you may then use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.